The Lexington

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$31 to $50
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The Lexington is more than a restaurant, it’s an institution. Located on the corner of Lexington Parkway and Grand Avenue, this St. Paul community was the most fashionable at the turn of the 19th century. The St. Paul elite lived just blocks away and the first electric trolley brought visitors up and down Grand Avenue. The Lexington opened in 1935, after the end of prohibition, and was a popular neighborhood bar to gather and socialize. Previously operating as a speakeasy, the expansive wood panels were perfect for hiding a little booze and one can only imagine the shenanigans going on beyond the hidden staircase behind the coat check. For decades following, The Lex, as it’s called by locals and enthusiasts alike, was the place to be seen; business dealings, cocktail hours, and milestone celebrations were a regular occurrence for St. Paul socialites.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Lexington. Hours are 11am - 545pm. Serving Full Dinner Menu and Bar Menu all day. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

The Lexington will be closed on December 25th, 2019 to observe Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Reservations available 4pm – 1045pm Live Music 8pm in the Williamsburg Room. $6 Wycliff Bubbles all night Full Dinner Menu served beginning at 4pm.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lexington provided a memorable experience and special birthday dinner. Owen was especially attentive, informative, and fun! Oh, and the food was fabulous! Thank you!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit to the Lexington since it opened, but first dining room experience. Reese was our server and he was great! The ambiance was fantastic and the food was flavorful and perfectly prepared. I would definitely recommend the Lex.

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AT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Subtle, cheerful Christmas music playing the background - the inside has a nice updated vintage feel which made for the perfect atmosphere. Ideal cocktails, sincere service, really enjoyable food.

JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lexington was recommended by a local - I had flown in from NYC. They said the specials are the most special and they were spot on! Service was excellent, food was delicious. Great place.

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was impeccable! This is my first visit back since the change to new owners. I highly recommend The Lexington and I will be back!

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CI
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

95% awesome.

Great server, friendly staff, great food
Happy birthday printed on the menus !

5% not awesome

Table wasn’t ready until 10 minutes after reservation time

Server forgot to place our drink order so entrees arrived with no beverages available

No candle or gesture for our special birthday guests dessert

The Lexington
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings ChefIron, So sorry to hear that we didn't the opportunity to give our ususal special treatment for your birthday guest! Please get in contact with us so we can see how that occasion was missed by the staff. Typically, we offer many special treasts for the birthday people. So sorry that we didn't get an opportunity to spoil your birthday person.

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MS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Most food were served cold
Cold even after replacement
Small portions of the appetizers (1 beet in the beet salad- mostly lettuce

The Lexington
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings Magnus, So dissapoined to hear that you had a troublesome dinner here at The Lexington. We appreciate your feedback. If you would, please contact us directly and we would be happy to selcome you back with our compliments.

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TD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The soup was good. That is the one thing that our group of 5 agreed upon. The rest was mediocre turkey & steak and inedible stuffing “loaf”. We sat in the front area which was decent but the back area was dark and had metal banquet chairs. Doubt we will be back.

The Lexington
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings Thomas D, Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner experience here at The Lexington. We got very creative with table configuraitons for the holidays and sometimes that means using private event furniture. Sorry you didn't enjoy the ambiance. We'd be happy to discuss your experience further if you'd like to get in contact with us.

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ML
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Was somewhat disappointed in their Thanksgiving day dinner. Waiter never asked if I'd like a second drink. Did not receive any bread. For their pre-fix priced dinner, I expected better from them. We will look for another option next year.

The Lexington
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings MLFoodies, So sorry to hear that we didn't not exceed your expectations for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We value your feedback and would love the opportunity to have you back. Please get in contact with us here at the restaurant if you would be willing to discuss further.

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TK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual.

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SF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving meal! Definitely will do it again.

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JN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner there. Attentive, professional, polite staff who seemed to enjoy the day as well. We ordered a variety of dishes offered, all tasty and beautifully presented. We appreciated the ambience. Would definitely consider returning for other holiday meals cuz they "got this."

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I
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We will be back to again be wowed by the deliciousness of the food, the great care of the servers to be sure our expectations and experience was the very best, to the expert libation preparers. A wonderful meal in all aspects.

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t
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place with several choices of entrees including a vegan one for Thanksgiving meal.

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HS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Professional service. We loved the appetizers and the main dishes. Dessert was fine but really not needed after all the wonderful food we had already eaten.

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m
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A classic all around! Perfect for a solo diner, especially if you can nab a seat at the bar.

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M
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first date at the Lexington in 1971. Married 47 years. We had been there several times over the years after moving to Chicago. Special day to go back and have a lovely dinner with my 93 year old mother and brother.

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Responded on November 28, 2019

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C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and we were always being attented too.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

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O
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Festive and fun crowd. Some of the food was great, some not so great

The Lexington
Responded on November 26, 2019

Greetings Oasis, Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy some of the menu items you had while here at The Lex. Please call the restaurant or message us if you'd like to so we can acknowledge your feedback. Thanks for joining us.

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1
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lexington went above and beyond to make my husband’s birthday celebration extra special. Great experience from start to finish!

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Responded on November 26, 2019

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was all cold

The Lexington
Responded on November 26, 2019

Richardf, We're so sorry to hear this. Of course this is not the standard that we hold ourslves to. Would you be willing to get in contact with us so that we can attempt to make things right? We would be happy to learn more about your experience here at The Lexingotn. Thank you for joining us.

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A
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

I recently brought two friends to the Lexington for dinner and will be completely transparent and honest about the absolutely terrible experience we had. We had reservations for 7:30pm and were seated right away. After ordering drinks, we placed an order for two appetizers and our entrees. At 8:25pm, an individual came over to our table and mentioned that our appetizers would be out shortly and thanked us for being patient. Over 1hr for two appetizers? That’s pretty ridiculous for 6 oysters and 4 pieces of shrimp. We received our appetizers and as we were finishing them, another individual came over to our table to tell one of my friends that because of our wait for the appetizers they no longer had his entrée for the evening. How could you possibly take over an hour to let someone know their entrée is not available? Keep in mind, this is now basically letting us know that our entrees will not be served to us for a while because they told him he would have to order something different off the menu. Our entrees were FINALLY served to us at 9:30pm, two hours after we sat down. The food was very good but the experience so far could not have been worse. After finishing our entrees, we ordered dessert which was pretty good. When closing out the bill our server told us that after all of this disaster of an experience, our dessert would be paid for. Dessert? Are you serious? You failed to deliver appetizers in an appropriate time, you told us late that someone had to reorder an entrée, all the time we waited for all of this, and you are only going to comp our dessert? Absolutely pathetic. To end the night, I went to close out the bill and had a gift card that was going to cover part of the bill. The server, Jeffrey, came back to the table and let me know he forgot to use the gift card so had to charge my card the full amount and then void it. He eventually used the gift card but told me to watch my credit card statement in a few days to make sure the correction was reflect

The Lexington
Responded on November 26, 2019

Andrew, To say we apologize that this was your experience is an understatement. This certainly is not the service that we hope to provide to you, our valued guests. Would you be willing to provide us with your phone number so that we could reach out directly to see how we could make this situation right? Thank you so much for your feedback.

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BH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Service and experience. We had a great time.

The Lexington
Responded on November 19, 2019

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M
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a magical evening celebrating my parent's 80th birthdays. The staff COULD NOT have been more attentive. My parents felt like royalty from the moment we sat down. What a great special occasion venue. The food was mostly good. Several of us loved our dinners. The special was a risotto that was very bland. Other than that we really enjoyed our entire experience.

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Responded on November 21, 2019

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JW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and the service and food made for a perfect evening.

The Lexington
Responded on November 19, 2019

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CR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and attentive. We were seated immediately and given a nice welcome. The food was outstanding and the tempo was just right.

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Responded on November 19, 2019

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DK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday there. Custom menus and a photographer with a great take home photo! Nice touch. Jeffery took good care of us! Free Jazz and delicious cocktails and plenty of good food.

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Responded on November 19, 2019

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K
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really tasty but I do think it’s a bit too pricy. I don’t think there’s anything on the dining room menu for under $29. But it was a tasty dinner and the dining room is absolutely beautiful.

The Lexington
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you Kitty for your feedback! There are many items on the dinner menu under $29 including our awesome Huli Huli Spare Ribs, homemade pastas, and our Pan Roasted Chicken with Garlic Jus! Keep in mind, our Bar Menu is available in the full restaurant as well featuring our Lex Burger and more appetizer fare. Please let us know what you can join us again! Thanks again for joining us!

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MB
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic dishes with a new "kick" to them... well-prepared and flavorful. Our party of four, among us, had the onion buillion (Lex's take on French onion soup), red pepper soup (a bit of a zing, very robust red pepper flavor), the wedge salad (very nice vinaigrette, sweet and tart as it should be, and with PEELED little tomatoes!), the salmon (perfect temperature as per each diner's request), the special lobster risotto (creamy but not mushy), the steak Diane (really nice sauce, perfectly cooked, frites on the side nice and hot and crisp), and their "dirty beans", which are green beans stir fried (seemed like) in a spicy sweet-hot red chili sauce -very nice. Various cocktails were good, nice selection of wines by the glass. Service was top-notch -- attentive without being intrusive. Server knew whatever we needed to ask about the food, drinks, etc. All in all, a very nice dinner experience!

The Lexington
Responded on November 19, 2019

MikeB, Thanks so much for your review and for highlighting some of our favorite dinner items. It is our pleasure to serve you. Please let us know when you can join us again!

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The ribeye was so completely covered in a sauce that it didn't taste like steak. Dish was inconsistent with menu description.

The Lexington
Responded on November 15, 2019

Hello Don1, So sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy our Ribeye. We would love the opportunity to have you back and make things right. Please call the restaurant, if you would give us the opportunity to hear more about your experience. 651-289-4990.

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FS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is GREAT!!
Went for our anniversary and they had
Happy Anniversary!! Printed on the menus for us
Food
Cocktails
Staff
All excellent

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Responded on November 14, 2019

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RA
Minneapolis
57 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday. The food was excellent and the service was as well. If anything the pricing is a bit on the high side but the quality was worth it!

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Responded on November 14, 2019

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JJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Eight friends honored our 92 year old aunt as she wanted a "special brunch at the Lexington". We even brought a blue fox stole she won in 1963 while a contestant on Art Linkletter's "House Party". She has kept it ever since and we all took turns wearing it yesterday. Festive! Our server was friendly, efficient and seemed to fit right in with us. The food - to a person - was delicious. Thank you, Lexington Cafe, for indulging us and sharing our birthday excitement right along with us. We will be back!

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Responded on November 14, 2019

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BG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was exceptional in every way! We celebrated a Birthday with Sunday Brunch and 8 people. The staff was so wonderful to work with and the service excellent the whole time! The atmosphere is so pretty and the food was delicious! We highly recommend this!

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Responded on November 14, 2019

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our anniversary dinner was recognized by the hostess, but not our waiter.
Steak Diane had good flavor, but was tough. Fries were not hot, but almost room temperature.
We were disappointed.

The Lexington
Responded on November 11, 2019

Hello there, So sorry to hear that the wait staff didn't receive the inforamiton about your special occasion! We so appreciate you joining us and alwasy strive to make your occasion special! We of course to provide you with a dining experience you'd love, and it sounds like the Steak Diane missed that mark. Please feel free to give a call to the restaurant to speak to a manager to see how we might make the situation right. We'd love to have you back to find dishes on the menu you'll love.

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FD
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink was wonderful
Our server Brooke was the best ever thx

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Responded on November 14, 2019

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time. Both our couple friends had been many times, even since childhood, so we wanted to come from Duluth to try it. We had a great time. We were seated at a round table, as per reservation request. We were in the back room, which was good as it was a bit quieter. The food... from steaks to potatoes to salmon to veggies and risotto and bread was delicious and cooked to order. We enjoyed our drinks and dessert also, loved the carrot cake! We were there for three and one half hours, and we were able to have an enjoyable ride with a driver from the St. Paul hotel. Really a great evening, not one complaint. Will return.

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Responded on November 11, 2019

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EK
Minneapolis
60 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner spot in St. Paul. Tremendous food options done well, real bartenders that know how to make a drink and superb wait staff

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Responded on November 11, 2019

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JB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

This was my first time eating at the Lexington. I didn’t know the various rooms were so different. We were put in the room with no character by the kitchen (two older women). I later discovered any of the other rooms were nicer and had some ambiance. Very disappointed for my first visit. The food I ordered was just ok. Soup of the day and beet salad. Next time I’ll ask for something in other rooms. They had plenty of space in any of those other rooms. There was a large party at the back of our room so guess they wanted to give the servers (who were excellent) more than just the large party to serve.

The Lexington
Responded on November 8, 2019

Greetings Judy B, Thank you so much for you feedback. I'm so disappointed to hear that you didn't enjoy your time in the Chef's Dining Room. The Chef's Dining Room is actually the most updated and changed room in the restaurant since the renovation. We are happy to accommodate a table change or table request anytime. Please let us know if we can have the opportunity to serve you better in the future.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was little bit salty but overall tasty! Drinks were awesome! I would definitely go back again

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Responded on November 8, 2019

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